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Embracing Diversity and Creativity: Lessons from Cuban Artists

by Priscila Teixeira 27 Mar 2023 0 Comments
Thanks to the "Letters from Cuba" project, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Cuba and meet local artists from various disciplines, each one showcasing their incredible talent and creativity. This experience has highlighted the power of curiosity, flexibility, resilience and learning from others.


Fusterland in Cuba photo collage by Priscila Teixeira


The Power of Creativity, Diversity, and Resilience:

As I explored Cuba's thriving art scene, I encountered many artists who used recycled materials and innovative techniques to create stunning works of art. Their ability to think outside the box and embrace diverse perspectives allowed them to transform ordinary materials into extraordinary masterpieces. From handmade books and poster collages to jewelry and accessories, these artists proved that beauty could be found everywhere, even in the most unexpected places.


Cuba Artists Home Studios photos by Priscila Teixeira

Supporting Local Artists and Building Connections:

With gratitude for this opportunity, I purchased a variety of costume jewelry pieces and other artworks, including headpieces, earrings, rings, necklaces, hand fans, and bags. These pieces will serve as inspiration and teaching samples in my classes back in Columbus, helping students realize the power of creativity, diversity, and resilience.


Cuban Artists various studios photos by Priscila Teixeira

My goal is to create connections between the people of Cuba and Ohio by showcasing the talent and innovation of Cuban artists. By sharing their art and stories, I hope to foster a sense of cultural exchange, understanding, and appreciation for the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Inspiring the Next Generation:

I can't wait to share my experiences with the students in my classes and see how they respond to the beauty and power of Cuban art. By exposing them to different styles and techniques, I hope to inspire and empower them to think outside the box, embrace diverse perspectives, and use their own creativity to transform materials and create their own unique sustainable upcycled pieces.


Art exhibition in Cuba with Priscila Teixeira

The resourcefulness and resilience of Cuban artists have left a lasting impression on me, and I'm excited to bring these lessons back to my students in Columbus, Ohio. By sharing this experience, the art and stories of these talented individuals, I aim to inspire the next generation of fashion artists and human beings, and promote a greater understanding of the beauty and power that can be found in creativity, diversity, and cultural exchange. To learn more about the "Letters from Cuba" project and the experiences it has facilitated, click here to explore further.
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